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The LIME Network
- What is the LIME Network?
- Who are the members of the LIME Network?
- What are the LIME Network objectives?
- What are the LIME Network program outcomes?
- What is the history and background of the LIME Network?
The LIME Network is a program of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand and receives funding from the Australian Government Department of Health*.
The LIME Network is a dynamic network dedicated to ensuring the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning of Indigenous health in medical education, as well as best practice in the recruitment and retention of Indigenous medical students.
We seek to do this through establishing a continuing national presence that encourages and supports collaboration within and between medical schools and colleges in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand and by building linkages with the medical colleges, local Indigenous communities and other health science sectors.
The aims of the LIME Network are designed to:
- Enable the continuing development and implementation of quality Indigenous health curriculum to improve medical education for all medical students
- Build on and strengthen appropriate recruitment and retention initiatives for Indigenous students
- Build the capacity of those working in Indigenous health at medical schools
- Develop pathways for vertical integration of Indigenous health curriculum and student recruitment strategies with specialist colleges
- Strengthen Indigenous health initiatives across health disciplines
- Facilitate key relationships between Indigenous community controlled health organisations and medical schools to improve collaboration, student placement opportunities and research initiatives
The LIME Network recognises and promotes the primacy of Indigenous leadership and knowledge.
*The LIME Network is hosted by the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at The University of Melbourne.
The LIME Network consists of a range of participants from key stakeholder groups including medical educators, specialists in Indigenous health, policy makers, medical students and community members concerned with the delivery of quality Indigenous health content in medical education and curricula. LIME Network members come together every two years at the LIME Connection.
The LIME Network Program also has a Steering Committee and a Reference Group.
The Steering Committee provides strategic advice on the program and the Reference Group develops and supports the implementation of program initiatives.
Members of the Steering Committee are drawn from a number of key stakeholder organisations and the Reference Group is made up of members from each medical school in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand.
LIME Reference Group Members, August 2013 at LIME Connection V
The objectives for the LIME Network Program are as follows:
- Quality Review Processes: Encourage medical schools to devise and implement sound internal review processes by which they can evaluate the quality of Indigenous health curriculum and the effectiveness of initiatives to support the participation of Indigenous people in medical education programs.
- Professional Development, Capacity Building & Support: Encourage network members and their colleagues to engage with and deliver initiaves in Indigenous medical and health education through information sharing, mutual support, peer feedback & celebrating successes.
- Research & Evaluation of Good Practice in Indigenous Health and Medical Education: Encourage scholarly work on good teaching practice, resource development, assessment and program evaluation to support Indigenous medical education and the recruitment and retention of Indigenous students.
- Professionalisation of the Discipline:Encourage the development of Indigenous health as a discipline in its own right by providing opportunities for networking and collaboration, developing publications and other forms of information sharing & feedback.
- Multi-disciplinary & multi-sectoral Networking: Encourage network members and their colleagues to work collaboratively, build linkages and share information across disciplines in health and medical education, Indigenous health networks, postgraduate medical education councils, Indigenous communities and organisations, specialist medical colleges, medical student representatives and health education networks.
- Advocacy & Reform: Contribute to Indigenous health and medical education, and related workforce issues, through the provision of policy advice and recommendations to the Medical Deans and other organisations, as appropriate.
- LIME Connection: Ensure that there is a biennial professional conference (LIME Connection) for people interested or engaged in Indigenous health and medical education. The conference will provide an opportunity where the quality review, professional development, networking, capacity building and advocacy functions of the network are realised. It will feature theoretical and scientific presentations and debate, and will engage with other health science disciplines, sectors & networks.
The LIME Network Program has achieved significant outcomes including:
- The facilitation of bi-annual Reference Group meetings to provide the opportunity for those working in Indigenous health within medical schools to collaborate, share information, provide feedback and peer network
- The biennial LIME Connection conference to provide a forum for knowledge transfer and dissemination
- Publication of the tri-annual LIME Network Newsletter promoting best practice and sharing successes in the field
- Maintaining the LIME Network Website housing information on LIME Network projects and other news and events
- Building the evidence base of the efficacy of Indigenous health curriculum development and implementation as well as Indigenous student recruitment and retention initiatives through publications such as the Good Practice Case Studies Booklet and the Special Edition of the ANZAHPE Focus on Health Professional Education Journal
- Developing and implementing internal review tools to support medical schools to reflect and evaluate their performance
- Supporting Indigenous high school students to understand the pathways to studying medicine through the online Pathways into Medicine Resource
- Building linkages across health disciplines and with medical colleges through networking and information sharing
- Supporting collaboration between medical schools and their local Indigenous Community Controlled Health Organisations through the facilitation of Regional Meetings
In 2002, the Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand, formerlly the Committee of Deans of Australian Medical Schools (CDAMS) partnered with the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) in the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) to establish and implement the CDAMS Indigenous Health Curriculum Development Project, later referred to as the Medical Deans Indigenous Health Project.
In June 2005, the LIME Network was established and formalised at its inaugural conference called the LIME Connection in Fremantle that year. The Medical Deans Indigenous Health Project was completed in December 2007 and the LIME Network became a stand-alone project in 2008, forming part of the broader Medical Deans ‘Closing the Gap’ program, and has secured funding from the Australian Government Department of Health until 2015.
More detail is available on the implementation and outcomes of the Medical Deans Indigenous Health Project.